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Tuesday, February 1, 2011

Muni Employees Now Have to Pay to Park -- Just Like the Rest of Us

Posted By on Tue, Feb 1, 2011 at 5:05 PM

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Muni workers almost successfully proved that they were, without a doubt, the most entitled government workers in San Francisco. But alas, they've been deflated.

The San Francisco Municipal Transportation Agency on Tuesday approved a new rule: Muni workers must pay to park at any of the agency's 1,000 parking spots or else they will get slapped with a $55 ticket.

Up until now, Muni workers have enjoyed free parking (and they still get hefty raises). But with a more than $21 million budget deficit, the agency finally decided it was time for their own workers to suck it up and pay for parking.

Last week, the board cowered away from voting on the issue after Muni employees groaned about the possibility of having to pay fines if they don't shell out $80 for parking permits, which would generate $1.3 million annually. The board went into closed session to discuss the issue and later announced they would postpone a vote.

At that time, Muni's chief executive Nat Ford, said it was a possibility that they would scrap the plan altogether, seeing how upset employees were over the proposal.

But Tuesday's vote came with no hesitation -- the board approved the new fines unanimously. Paul Rose, spokesman for the MTA, said it is only fair.

"As a transit--first city we want to lead by example," Rose said.

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Erin Sherbert was the Online News Editor for SF Weekly from 2010 to 2015. She's a Texas native and has a closet full of cowboy boots to prove it.


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